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UTEP Names Phil Johnson Interim Men’s Basketball Coach

Phil Johnson was named UTEP’s interim men’s basketball coach on Tuesday morning, following the retirement of Tim Floyd.

“Larry Eustachy was the National Coach of the Year and worked for me,” Floyd said following Monday’s game versus Lamar.  “I had another guy, John Brady, who was at LSU and was the National Coach of the Year.  He worked for me.  Randy Bennett has done the best job in the United States at Saint Mary’s University, a very, very difficult place.  He worked for me.  Kermit Davis worked for me.  Phil Johnson is better than all of those guys.”

“Nobody has had more of an impact on my career than coach Floyd,” Johnson said.  “And nobody has been a better friend in my career than coach Floyd.  He is probably my closest friend in the world.  I think the world of him.”

Johnson has assisted Floyd on the bench at the University of New Orleans (1991-93), with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls (1999-02), at USC (2005-09) and at UTEP (2010-17).  He was the head coach at San Jose State for four seasons (1998-99, 2002-05).  Johnson has coached in nine NCAA Tournaments and two Final Fours and was a part of the Arizona Wildcats’ national championship run in 1997.

“I’m going to talk to the team today,” Johnson said.  “I think we have some possibilities.  I think we have talent in here.  We have a losing record, but we don’t have any losers on our team.  We have good coaches.  We’ll all do this together.  We’re going to figure out a way to get the most out of this team.”

The Miners will host long-time rivals NM State (Thursday, 8 p.m.) and New Mexico (Saturday, 7 p.m.) as they continue a nine-game homestand this weekend.  Tickets are available by calling 747-5234

Video+Story+Gallery: Floyd Retires After 66-52 Loss to Lamar

UTEP Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Floyd announced his retirement on Monday following the Miners’ game versus Lamar at the Don Haskins Center.

“I want to say this.  I have coached for 42 years, and I love this school,” Floyd said.  “My father played here.  Nobody wants to win here more than I do.  And I have coached at this university for 16 years.  And I think it’s time for somebody else to have the opportunity to have the joy that I’ve had, the agony that I’ve had, the acclaim that I have had, and the heartbreak that I’ve had in my career.  I want what’s best for this school.  I want what’s best as they move forward.”

“This seems like a great time with a new athletic director, for him to evaluate Phil Johnson, Bobby Braswell, this program where it is, and try to make a decision on what he thinks is best for this program as it moves forward.  I want to thank Dr. Natalicio for giving me the opportunity to coach here. Richard Adauto, who I consider a friend, has done a great job.  He has given us everything we have asked for.  I want to thank Bob Stull and Chris Park for believing in me and what we tried to do.

“When we came here seven years ago, we inherited a team with 11 seniors.  The following year we had two guys back in Gabe McCulley and John Bohannon.  We had to try to rebuild it from scratch and we got to 22 and 23 wins and I can’t even explain what’s happened here in the last three or four years in the new world of college basketball, from some of our signees not showing up to some people that we tried to rely on that might have left early, to injuries, and they have continued to happen.

“I’m always going to pull for this school, I’m always going to pull for these players.  This is a great, great, great place.  My family has told me that they feel like it’s time.  I’ve had some issues of my own here in the last two and a half weeks, three weeks.  And I’m going to be fine.  But I wanted to coach my last game at this university.  And I appreciate the fact that we got an opportunity to do that.”

Floyd closes out his collegiate coaching career with a record of 466-279, and a 138-99 mark at UTEP.  He previously was the head coach at Idaho (1986-88), New Orleans (1988-94), Iowa State (1994-98) and USC (2005-09) prior to returning to UTEP as head coach for the 2010-11 season.  He was an assistant coach under Don Haskins at UTEP from 1978-86.

Floyd’s teams made eight NCAA Tournament appearances and five trips to the NIT.  He was also head coach of the Chicago Bulls (1998-2002) and the New Orleans Hornets (2003-04) in the NBA.

“I’m through, I’ve retired as of today,” Floyd said.  “This is my last game as a coach.  I’m going to move forward with my life.  You know, I heard Bobby Bowden say one time, and I thought it was the most beautiful quote that I’d ever heard, that he didn’t want to retire, that every weekend of his life had been an event.  And then after you retire, there’s only one event left, and he wasn’t looking forward to that event.  I thought that was a hell of a line.  But you know what, I’m going to try to enjoy the next chapter of it, just like I have this.

“I feel like the most blessed guy in the world.  I have had the most incredible, incredible opportunities and have worked with some great, great players.  And I go back here to Jim Bowden and Don Haskins giving me an opportunity, and I’ll forevermore be grateful for that.  It changed my life and I think people outside this part of the world don’t understand what a great, great city this is and what a great basketball job this is.”

The Miners finished 75-43 in Conference USA play under Floyd, with top three finishes on four occasions in seven full seasons (tied for second 2010-11, third 2012-13, tied for second 2014-15, tied for third 2016-17).  He ranks second in UTEP history in victories and has coached the second-most games of any UTEP coach (237).

“This is the right time.  I know it’s the right time,” Floyd said.  “I love these kids, they know I love them.  And I appreciate the kids and their parents in this new age of college basketball, who have hung in there and understood that adversity is a good thing and fighting through it sometimes is a better thing.  But I don’t know that any program has dealt with more than we have here in the last three or four years at this level.  It has been incredibly difficult to keep fighting the fight.”

As far as the game, Lamar made 9-of-14 three-point shots in the first half in blowing out to a 20-point lead, and a late rally by UTEP came up short as the Miners fell to the Cardinals, 66-52, on Monday at the Don Haskins Center.

“First of all, I’m really proud of our guys’ effort in the second half,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “They went and fought and competed and I think they held the other group to 25 percent [shooting] in the second half.  We didn’t come out right.  We understand that.  We have had a lot of adversity here in the last week or so.”

Joey Frenchwood made four three-pointers in the first half and Zjori Bosha made three for the Cardinals (5-1), who improved to 2-0 on the road this season with victories at Tulsa and UTEP.  The Miners never led after falling behind 13-0 in the first three minutes.

UTEP was only down nine (24-15) when Kobe Magee hit a three-pointer with 8:52 remaining in the half.  But the Cardinals used a 14-3 run to push their advantage to 20 (38-18).

Lamar was comfortably in front the entire second half, despite a frantic finish that saw the Miners (1-5) pull within nine points with 39 seconds left.  UTEP utilized a 15-4 run to trim a 20-point deficit down to 61-52.

Trey Wade, returning to the lineup after missing a game with a hyperextended knee, was the only UTEP player in double figures with 13 points.

Bosha scored 18 points, Josh Nzeakor 15, Frenchwood 12 and Colton Weisbrod 11 for the Cardinals.  Lamar shot 39 percent from the field to UTEP’s 33.3 percent, and the Cardinals outscored the Miners 14-7 in points off turnovers.

Video courtesy UTEP Athletics | Photos Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

H-P Sports In Depth: Miners Continue Homestand, Northern Arizona visits Saturday Night

UTEP (2-6) continues its season-long four-game homestand against Northern Arizona (2-9) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Miners, who lost to NM State (79-68) on the first leg of the homestand Tuesday, will play three games over the next six days leading into the Christmas break.  UTEP will participate in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Dec. 21-22.   Following the Sun Bowl Invitational, the Miners will play four straight road games at NM State (Dec. 30), UTSA (Jan. 1), LA Tech (Jan. 5) and Southern Miss (Jan. 7).

UTEP will go three weeks between home games, from Dec. 22 to Jan. 12.

UTEP is 1-3 at home and has dropped three straight in the Haskins Center.  Northern Arizona is 0-3 on the road with losses to Santa Clara (67-64), Washington (92-58) and UNLV (110-71).  The Miners have lost five consecutive games overall, while NAU is riding a four-game skid.

SERIES HISTORY

–    UTEP is 18-9 versus former Border Conference rival Northern Arizona.
–    The teams haven’t faced one another since the 1961-62 season, which was Don Haskins’ first as the Miners’ head coach.
–    UTEP is 12-1 all-time versus NAU in El Paso and has won four straight over the Lumberjacks in the Sun City.

THE LAST MEETING

–    Willie Brown scored 15 points to lead five Texas Western Miners in double figures as they routed Northern Arizona, 88-55, on Jan. 6, 1962 in El Paso.  The Miners improved to 9-2 under first-year coach Don Haskins.
–    Nolan Richardson added 13 points, Gordon Taylor 12, Bobby Lesley 11 and Ted Sterrett 10 for Texas Western, which led 41-19 at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second period.
–    The Miners made 26-of-34 free throws in the game led by Richardson, who was 7-for-8.  Texas Western shot 43.1 percent to NAU’s 32.1 percent and outrebounded the visitors 54-43.
–    Richardson collected 11 rebounds, Danny Vaughn had nine and Brown eight for the Miners.
–    Northern Arizona was led by George Bearden, who scored 13 points.  Don Buttrum had a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards.

ABOUT NORTHERN ARIZONA

–    Northern Arizona is 2-9 on the season with victories over Benedictine Mesa (92-63) on Nov. 17 and Alabama State (71-57) on Nov. 25.
–    NAU is led by sophomore guard Mike Green (11.3 ppg) and senior forward Jordyn Martin (10.4 ppg), although five Lumberjacks average over eight points per game.
–    Martin is 26th in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (3.6) and averages 8.2 caroms per outing.  He has three double-doubles this season, including 20 points/10 rebounds versus Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday.
–    Northern Arizona has had its struggles offensively, shooting 35.4 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from three-point range.  NAU’s field goal percentage ranks 344th out of 347 Division I programs.
–    The Lumberjacks have taken 294 three-point shots, 12th-most in the country, and an average of 26.7 attempts per contest.
–    The Lumberjacks have allowed 77.8 points per contest as opponents have connected on 46 percent of their shot attempts.
–    The Lumberjacks put together one of their top performances of the season the last time out against Arkansas-Little Rock.  NAU outrebounded the Trojans 43-28 but was dealt a 72-67 loss.  It was UALR’s ninth victory in 11 games.
–    This is a young Northern Arizona team as 14 of the 18 players on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores.
–    Several Northern Arizona athletic department staff members worked at UTEP previously, including Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos, Senior Associate Athletics Director Darren D’Attilio and Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales Todd Wyard.

MINERS IN THE NCAA STATS

–    UTEP was ranked 38th nationally in assists per game (16.8) through the games of Dec 14.
–    Individually, Dominic Artis was third in assists (8.0 apg), 13th in steals (2.6 spg) and 20th in minutes (36.1 avg.).
–    Dominic Artis, Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr., Providence’s Kyron Cartwright and Stetson’s Angel Rivera are the only players in the country to dish out 12 assists or more in two games this season.  Artis compiled 13 in the opener versus Louisiana College and 12 at New Mexico.

National Assist Leaders (Through Dec. 14)
1.    Maurice Watson Jr. (Creighton)    9.1 apg
2.    Lonzo Ball (UCLA)    8.6 apg
3.    Dominic Artis (UTEP)    8.0 apg
4.    Siyani Chambers (Harvard)    7.9 apg
5.    Kyron Cartwright (Providence)    7.7 apg

ARTIS’ ALL-AROUND SEASON

–    Dominic Artis leads the Miners in rebounding (6.5 rpg), assists (8.0 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and minutes (36.1 mpg), and ranks second in scoring (15.3 ppg).
–    He has led the Miners in scoring three times, rebounds two times, assists eight times and steals seven times in 2016-17.
–    Artis is the only player in the country averaging 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
–    Artis and Omaha’s Tra-Deon Hollins (6.5 apg/2.9 spg) are the only players ranked in the top-15 nationally in assists and steals.
–    Artis leads C-USA in assists and steals.  The last Miner to lead the league in assists was Filiberto Rivera in the WAC in 2004-05 (7.2 apg), and the last to lead the conference in steals was Randy Culpepper in 2010-11 (2.03 spg).
–    Since Conference USA’s inception for the 1995-96 season, only one player has led the league in assists and steal average.  That was LA Tech’s Kenneth Smith in 2013-14.
–    Artis’ 8.0 assists per game would shatter the school record of 7.16 per contest, set by Rivera in 2004-05.
–    Artis is the third Miner player to record a pair of 12-assist games in a season, joining Joe Griffin (1989-90) and Rivera (2004-05).  Rivera owns the school standard with three in a campaign.

MORE ON “D.A”

–    Dominic Artis has career totals of 857 points, 329 rebounds, 379 assists and 124 steals in his fourth collegiate season (2012-14 at Oregon, 2015-present at UTEP).  He has appeared in 94 games.
–    He has dished out 234 assists at UTEP including 170 last season, 10th-most in school history.
–    Artis has come close to posting only the second triple-double in school history on several occasions.  Last season’s close calls came versus Loyola (16 points/nine rebounds/eight assists), UTRGV (21 points/eight rebounds/eight assists), LA Tech (23 points/10 rebounds/nine assists) and Florida Atlantic (13 points/nine rebounds/nine assists).  He had eight points/nine rebounds/13 assists in the opener against Louisiana College, 20 points/10 rebounds/nine assists versus Western Michigan.  The only triple-double in Miner history was registered by Jason Williams versus Lipscomb (17 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) in the NIT on March 14, 2006.
–    Artis has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games, a career long streak.
–    Artis has recorded multiple steals in six of eight games this season, including a career-high tying five at New Mexico on Dec. 7.

OMEGA IS THE ALPHA

–    Omega Harris leads UTEP in scoring (16.9 ppg) after collecting 6.7 ppg as a freshman and 12.3 ppg as a sophomore.
–    Harris is a career 43.7 percent (216-for-494) shooter from the field, 39.8 percent (92-for-231) from three and 76.8 percent (109-for-142) from the line.  He has scored 633 points.
–    Harris has scored 20+ points twice in seven games this season.  He had two 20-point games combined in his first two years with the Miners.
–    Dating back to last season, he has scored in double figures 14 times in his last 16 games.

SECOND COMING

–    7’1” Matt Willms returned this season after missing most of 2015-16 with a fracture of the nevicular bone in his foot that required a similar surgery as fellow big men Joel Embiid and Greg Oden.
–    It was the second major surgery of Willms’ career; he had surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder in 2014.
–    Willms leads the Miners in field goal percentage (.596) while averaging 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
–    Willms has appeared in 71 games for the Miners, with 41 starts, and collected 413 points, 281 rebounds and 69 blocked shots.  His career field goal percentage is .558 (158-for-283).
–    He ranks 12th in school history in blocked shots, behind Marlon Maxey (11th, 75 blocks).

BARRETT’S BREAKOUT

–    After scoring 25 points combined in the first six games of the season, freshman Deon Barrett scored 25 points in the second half at New Mexico on Dec. 7.
–    It marked the most points by a UTEP player in a period since Dominic Artis scored 25 in the second half versus Marshall on Feb. 4, 2016.
–    Barrett tied the school freshman record with seven three-pointers against the Lobos.  Randy Culpepper also made seven versus SMU in the Conference USA Tournament on March 12, 2008 in Memphis.
–    Barrett’s .875 three-point percentage (7-for-8) versus UNM was the best for a UTEP player in a game with a minumum seven makes.  The previous record was .778 (7-for-9) by Jarvis Mullahon at NM State on Nov. 28, 1998.
–    Barrett tied the Conference USA record for three-point percentage in a game (minimum eight attempts) with his performance at UNM.  Tulane’s Patrick Lewis was also 7-for-8 at Saint Louis on Feb. 14, 1996.
–    Barrett’s seven three-pointers against UNM are tied for the most by a C-USA player this season.  LA Tech’s Jacobi Boykins also made seven at Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 10.

FRESHMEN UNDER FLOYD

–    Deon Barrett’s 25 points at New Mexico were the second-most by a Miner freshman under seventh-year head coach Tim Floyd.
–    Barrett became the seventh UTEP freshman to tally 20 points or more in a game during the Floyd era.

20-Point Games by Freshmen Under Tim Floyd
Player    Opponent/Date    Points
Vince Hunter    LA Tech (1/30/14)    26
Vince Hunter    at Southern Miss (2/22/14)    26
Deon Barrett    at New Mexico (12/7/16)    25
Cedrick Lang    Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12/29/11)    22
Julian Washburn    at SMU (3/3/12)    21
Vince Hunter    FIU (2/15/14)    21
Terry Winn    vs. Marshall (3/10/16)    21
John Bohannon    Western New Mexico (12/28/10)    20
Matt Willms    Loyola (11/9/13)    20
Vince Hunter    Marshall (1/11/14)    20
Vince Hunter    at Middle Tennessee (1/16/14)    20

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

–    Deon Barrett was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week on Monday, the sixth UTEP player to be so honored.
–    UTEP’s past C-USA Freshmen of the Week include John Bohannon during the 2010-11 season, Cedrick Lang & Julian Washburn during the 2011-12 campaign, and Vince Hunter & Matt Willms during the 2013-14 season.

JAKE DOES THE DIRTY WORK

–    Jake Flaggert led Conference USA in charges drawn (18) last season, and is back at it in 2016-17 with a team-leading five in eight games.
–    Flaggert has 29 charges drawn in his Miner career (69 games).
–    Two of Flaggert’s three career double-figure scoring games have come early this season, including a personal best 14 points against Northwestern State.
–    He is 9-for-9 from the line this season after entering the campaign as a career 64.3 percent foul shooter.

SOPHOMORES STEP UP

–    Paul Thomas and Trey Touchet have seen their minutes increase in 2016-17.
–    Thomas is averaging 5.5 rebounds and is third on the squad with 14 assists (1.8 apg).
–    Thomas has collected at least five rebounds in six of eight games and has had double-digit boards twice (11 versus Louisiana College, 10 against Northwestern State).
–    Touchet either set or tied career-highs for points (13), three-pointers (three), free throws (four), rebounds (three), assists (two) and minutes (30) against Northwestern State.
–    Touchet has made 12-of-27 shots (.444) on the young campaign, 8-of-20 from three-point territory (.400) and is third on the squad with five steals.

JONES’ STORY

–    One of the freshmen UTEP is counting on this season — 6-11 Kelvin Jones — has had an amazing road to El Paso.
–    He grew up in Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico, where his father was the mayor.  He played soccer and volleyball.
–    In 2011, after cartel violence claimed two relatives, the family left in the middle of the night and moved to Bismarck, North Dakota.
–    Jones started playing basketball his freshman year in high school.  He was 6-9 and the school didn’t have a volleyball program.
–    He finished his prep career at Hobbs [N.M.] High School, where he averaged 14.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks for a 30-2, state championship team.
–    Jones put on 20 pounds in-between his junior and senior seasons.
–    He walked on his first year at UTEP and sold pesticides door-to-door in Houston so he could have enough money to pay for his college tuition.
–    Jones has posted 31 points, 28 rebounds and nine blocks this season.  He is coming off his most productive outing against NM State with seven points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.
–    Over the last two games, Jones has contributed 11 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in 37 minutes.  He has led the Miners in rebounding in consecutive contests.

MINERS TIE 3-POINT RECORD

–    UTEP made 15 three-pointers at New Mexico on Dec. 7 to tie the school single-game record.
–    The Miners also made 15 triples versus UT Permian Basin (Nov. 22, 2003) and East Carolina (Feb. 13, 2010).
–    UTEP’s .517 three-point percentage (15-for-29) against the Lobos was its best in a game  with a minimum 20 attempts since Dec. 17, 2011 versus Southern (12-for-23, 52.2 percent).
–    The Miners’ 15 three-pointers versus UNM tied the most by a C-USA team in 2016-17.  Charlotte made 15 versus USC Upstate (Nov. 22), and Rice made 15 at Texas Tech (Dec. 3).

MINER NUGGETS

–    The Miners shot at least 53 percent in their first three games of the season, and 55.4 percent (92-for-166) collectively.  They also made 21-of-48 three-pointers (.438) in the first three games.  In their current five-game losing streak the Miners have shot 40.9 percent (117-for-286) from the field and 34.3 percent (36-for-105) from outside.  UTEP has also averaged 64.4 points over the last five games.
–    UTEP has also had its difficulties at the charity stripe over the five-game losing skid (52-for-92, 56.5 percent).
–    UTEP is 2-0 when shooting a better field goal percentage than its opponent, 0-6 when shooting a lesser percentage.
–    The Miners are 0-5 in 2016-17 when being tied or beaten on the boards, 2-1 when outrebounding opponents.
–    The Miners have averaged 7.5 steals over the last four contests.
–    UTEP has used six different starting lineups in eight games.
–    The Miners lead Conference USA in assists this season (16.8 apg), and have assisted on 64.1 percent (134-of-209) of their field goals.  That figure also paces the league.

Demons Possess Haskins Center, Down Miners 79-67

Jake Flaggert and Trey Touchet both established career-highs for scoring, but the depleted Miners dropped a 79-67 decision to Northwestern State on Saturday night at the Haskins Center.

The Demons (3-4) made a season-high 12 three-pointers, including nine in the first half.  UTEP (2-4) fell behind by 10 points early in the second half and couldn’t recover.

The Miners were playing without no. 2 scorer Omega Harris, who was suspended for missing class.

“I thought we tried,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We went into the game with five guys starting [and] if they got their averages, we had 41 points on the floor.  We knew that we were going to have to get some from other places.  We knew that we were going to have to really play as a group defensively and try to find some stops.”

The Miners did get some scoring from unexpected sources, with Flaggert contributing 14 points and Touchet adding 13. Dominic Artis had yet another near triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.  But the Miners had difficulties closing out on the Demons’ three-point shooters as they finished 12-for-26 from beyond the arc, including 9-for-17 in the first half.  Northwestern State shot 50.9 percent on the night, including a sizzling 56 percent in the second half.

“We felt going in that this was a good Northwestern State team that had played at difficult places,” Floyd said.  “We knew it was going to be very difficult.  We have had a week of distractions and that certainly doesn’t help things.”

Not only did the Miners play without Harris, but for the last 16 minutes they played without Matt Willms, who scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting before leaving with a broken nose.

“I don’t know what that’s going to mean in terms of his recovery and when he will play again,” Floyd said.  “It further limits us on the interior.  Matt is our most effective interior scorer and that’s where we’ve always tried to play through.  That’s going to make it difficult here depending on his recovery and when he’s able to come back, factored in with his foot [injury] where he hadn’t practiced.”

The Miners got off to a good start as they scored the first five points.  But Northwestern State scored the next nine, all on three pointers.  In fact, 15 of the Demons’ first 17 points – and 21 of their first 25 — came via the triple.

A three-pointer by Touchet right before the halftime buzzer sent the Miners to the locker room trailing 39-34.  Northwestern State scored 10 of the first 14 points to start the second half and built a 49-38 lead.

The Miners cut it to six three times, the last at 59-53 on a Flaggert layup with 6:15 remaining.  Northwestern State answered with six consecutive points and was in command thereafter.

UTEP finished at 42.9 percent shooting from the field and struggled mightily at the foul line (11-for-21, 52.4 percent).

“Had we made them at a higher clip, maybe we could’ve played it a little bit different down the stretch,” Floyd said.  “But missed free throws are sometimes big momentum changers.  You feel like you’re on a little bit of a run and they can take it the other way, much like a missed dunk can be at times.”

The Miners will play their first road game of the season at New Mexico on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The game will be televised on ROOT Sports as the Miners and the Lobos, long-time rivals, will renew acquaintances for the first time in five years.

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